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Newlywed searching for a new home?

Categories: New Homes in Apex | Posted: July 19, 2019


Fall has quickly become the new “it” wedding season. Will you find yourself in the same boat, newly married this Fall? Chances are, home buying may be on your horizon as you begin to start a new chapter in your life and might be like one of the many newlyweds in the home buying market this year. Buying your first home can be a huge task to take on together as a couple, especially if neither of you know the process you need to take in order to buy a new home. Royal Oaks, a Division of Mattamy Homes, a premier homebuilder for new homes in Apex, shares tips you can use as you take on the home buying process together.

First things first, be sure to get your budget, credit score and financing taken care of as your first priority. This will give you your starting place as to how much home you can comfortably afford, so you can search accordingly.

The next thing you will want to look at is the neighborhoods that appeal to you and how far away you will be from work, but also any recreation you need in your daily life. For example, if you spend a lot of time downtown and work downtown, choosing a home 30 minutes away in the suburbs might not be the most practical choice for your lifestyle and commute. This can also affect your budget in the gas mileage you will have to invest daily.

Once you find an area that is most desirable for you to move, consider the size of the home you can afford and will need over at least the next five years. It is best not to purchase a home that suits you now, but one that will suit you five, seven or more years from now as well. Buying a home that is perfect for the two of you, but will be cramped if you decide to have a baby in the next couple of years could force you to have to move sooner than you may want. So, plan on a home you can grow into.

Be sure to figure in not just what your mortgage will be each month, but what you plan to spend on utilities, cable, car payments, student loans, food, furniture, credit cards, and other activities such as eating out, entertainment and so on. This way you can sit down together and figure out what your monthly expenses are, what you should allocate to bills, saving and “fun” money. Then you can be sure you don’t buy more house than you can afford and have to sacrifice a social life because you are “house poor.”

Another important thing you will want to keep on the forefront of your mind as you search will be safety and the locations that you look in. Be sure to investigate the safety of the neighborhoods you are looking in and see what the crime rates are like in those areas. You may be able to find a great deal on a home, but you don’t want to sacrifice safety for a good deal. Even though you won’t be living alone, it won’t be a smart move for your marriage or future family.

Lastly and most importantly, be sure to keep the communication open when it comes to not only searching for and purchasing a new home, but also what comes after you finally move in. Upkeep on the home and ongoing chores can create stress or issues in a marriage if they aren’t discussed ahead of time. Talk about who is responsible for what, if you want to divide and conquer or split the household chores evenly. Also, be sure to consider one another’s schedule. If one partner has long hours and a hectic work schedule, and the other has more free time, consider picking up some of the household duties and taking them off their plate so they don’t have to mess with it during the time they do have to enjoy at home.


These simple tips will start you off on the right foot for your new home and new marriage as well.



Royal Oaks a Division of Mattamy Homes is a new home builder in Raleigh, North Carolina. For additional information about Royal Oaks building your Raleigh new home, please call (888) 677-1502.


Tips for selling your home in the winter

Categories: New Homes in Apex | Posted: December 15, 2017

As the holidays are upon us and winter is knocking at the door, most people are focused on holiday parties and shopping for presents that take up most of your free time. If you have the task of also needing to sell your home this winter, it can seem like an uphill battle since that is often the lesser popular season for buyers to be in the market shopping for homes. However, Royal Oaks Homes, a premier homebuilder for new homes in Apex, shares tips on how you can give your home the one-up on the market this winter season.

A great welcoming peace that can set your home apart from others this winter, is to create and inviting front door. Use evergreens, spruces or winter berries to potted plants on your front porch stoop or adding a nice wreath on your front door.

Be sure people can see and focus on the beautiful entrance to your home you’ve created, by making sure your driveway and sidewalks are always cleared of any snow, if you get any. Salt the walkways to prevent any slippery spots that could be dangerous for buyers looking at the home. If you have a porch or back deck, don’t forget about those areas as well. If it is nice enough to show off and feature as a selling point, be sure to shovel it and clean it off nicely so it doesn’t get hidden by snow or ice when buyers are looking.

You can also spruce up the front of your home by adding a cheerful paint color to your front door, that can add to curb appeal as well. A welcome mat is also not only a nice touch, but will be helpful for buyers to wipe their feet off before entering your home. It is also a good idea to set both inside and outside lighting on timers, since the days will be shorter. If you have buyers looking at you home around dinner time when it is getting dark, you will want to be able to provide them with light even when you aren’t home.

Next, especially if the temperatures are cold outside be sure to set your home no cooler than 70 degrees when you will be showing it. No one wants to come in from the cold outdoors to a home that is still chilly on the inside. A warm home will keep buyers looking longer and give them a warmer feeling about your home in general.

Lastly, create cozy nooks in your home. Cozy spaces make a home feel more relaxed. So, consider adding some candles, fluffy pillows and cozy throw blankets around your fireplace or setup a reading area that feels inviting. Another creative idea that will have buyers taking special note of your house, is to create a hot chocolate station in your kitchen or wherever makes the most sense. This will not only leave buyers with a nice treat when they visit your home, but plant the seed in their head that they could setup a hot chocolate or coffee station of their own in your home for future holiday gatherings or winters to come.


These simple tips can really have your home standing out from the rest this winter season.



Royal Oaks Building Group is a new home builder in Raleigh and Fayetteville, North Carolina. For additional information about Royal Oaks building your Raleigh new home, please call (888) 677-1502.